and 6 researchers from Whimple at the heritage centre on the Sowton industrial estage .
Both groups are part of the Villages in Action project to unearth the histories of our communities.
Anyone can go to this centre, which is run by the South West Heritage Trust. There is access to all the documents and books AND, online; the British Newspaper Archive AND a family history website. All you have to do is fill in a very simple form and, if you have ID with you, they give you a card which lasts 4 years. This card is also valid at the North Devon Record Office in Barnstaple
If you want to photograph the documents you discover, it costs £5 a day, or around £80 for a year's photographic subscription.
Catalogues are freely available online. Here's a link to the details of the account book of THE STARCROSS BREAD AND COAL CHARITY from 1879 to 1903.
The card indexes in the heritage centre can be freely searched. Starcross information tends to be filed under the parish - which was Kenton, until the 1980s when Starcross had its own Parish Council.
Here's some of the Starcross gems unearthed from the card index: all you have to do is ask at the desk, and someone will dive down into the archives, and bring out the map, plan or document.
MAPS AND PLANS
KENTON: Plan showing the space occupied by the
new washing machine with specification of steam
laundry machinery - Western Counties Institution
1903 - 1909
|Maps and Plans - Kenton. plan showing new washing machine|
KENTON: Plans and specification for the Red House,
|Maps and Plans - Kenton. Red House Starcross|
KENTON: plan of the Starcross and Kenton Gas
1928 - 1929
|MAPS AND PLANS|
KENTON:Starcross and Kenton Gas Company
KENTON: plan of dry dock at Starcross
MAPS AND PLANS
KENTON: plan of a house in Starcross near the
KENTON. deeds relating to a rabbit warren and salt
works in Kenton 1704 - 1790
KENTON. Rabbit Warren
KENTON: exclusive rights to rabbits in the warren
in the field below the Mount Pleasant Inn
Eland's Art Gallery, 234 High Street, Exeter.
Illustrated Catalogue "The West Country" depicted
by Devonshire Artists
with Starcross, Powderham 1508m/Rivers 4
Exe Bight 5
Exe Canal pl1
" " (countess wear) 6
Jame's Weir c.1750 A1
Near Salmon Pool A2
Lympsone Exmouth 1839